Layer 3 Services
Internet2's Advanced Layer 3 Services (AL3S) offer IP network services and TR/CPS services.
Internet2's IP Network delivers a strategic advantage for leaders in research and education (R&E). Due to its community based operations and constant collaborative evaluation and optimization, the Advanced Layer 3 Services offer leading edge network characteristics to meet the constantly evolving needs of high-speed research and collaboration.
A map of Internet2's IP Network and an infosheet providing more detail can be accessed in the box to the right of this page.
TransitRail-Commercial Peering Service (TR-CPS) provides strategic connectivity to portions of the public Internet and peering relationships through over 80 select entities.
Internet2 members have commercial traffic needs, too. Internet2's commercial peering service offers a low cost path with higher performance goals than commercial alternatives. TR-CPS provides high performance, low latency, and efficient (1 hop) access to some of the top content destinations in the world including: Google, Yahoo, NetFlix, and other commercial content providers. The service supports IPv4, IPv6 and multicast.
Included in the Internet2 Network Advanced Layer 3 Service fee or available as a stand alone service, the peering service allows Members to leverage their existing Internet2 Network connection investments to help serve their commercial Internet needs, with substantial savings on commodity Internet charges.
IP Network Services
The IP network is built across a carrier-class infrastructure and supports leading-edge IPv4, IPv6, multicast and other advanced networking protocols, as well as the ability to more easily and flexibly increase its capacity beyond any other research and education (R&E) network in the world. Internet2 members take advantage of this advanced network service’s:
- Dedication to specialized R&E traffic
- Engineering that allows wide reachability across the R&E community with abundant "headroom" optimized for peak performance. Average use and traffic congestion are not part of the discussion when it comes to network planning for this network. The network is engineered for the most demanding traffic patterns, ensuring optimal performance. The goal of this service is for users to never experience dropped packets, jitter or other underperformance characteristics of commodity networks.
- High reliability, and connections to a fabric of other national R&E networks around the globe
A map of Internet2's IP Network is available at available in the box to the right.
Please see the FAQ tab for additional information.
Through TransitRail-Commercial Peering Service (TR-CPS), Members can leverage their existing Internet2 Network investments to help serve their commercial Internet needs.
Direct connect TR-CPS is available. Through TransitRail-Commercial Peering Service (TR-CPS), members can leverage their existing Internet2 Network investments to help serve their commercial Internet needs. In addition to enhanced network performance and cost savings, TR-CPS allows Internet2 members to more efficiently adapt to innovative uses of network resources both inside of the Internet2 Network and out in the commercial Internet by providing high-speed access to network-intensive applications, such as interactive social networking and high-definition video, among others.
Currently, the service offers over 66,000 routes through peering partnerships with commercial networks. Additional private and public peering connections are being evaluated to further improve and diversify our commercial network peering infrastructure.Please see the FAQ tab for additional information.
For service information and fees, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internet2's Advanced Layer 3 Services are available to:
- Higher Education
- Affiliate (not for profit)
- Industry (for profit)
- R&E Network Member
- Network Connector
- Primary Participant
- US UCAN Program Participant
Please contact email@example.com for more information.